I caught on the news yesterday evening that a landlord in Middlesbrough has been required to repaint the red front doors of the houses he rents under a contract to the Government to refugees and asylum seekers.
Asylum seekers in Middlesbrough believed that eggs and stones had been thrown at their houses because the doors made them easy to identify. Whilst the landlord claimed that they had been red for 20 years the Home office made the decision to repaint them because this had now become an issue.
What is concerning is not the red doors but that they had been targeted. One of the wonderful things about this country is the variety of people and the different contribution that they make to society. Rather than fear difference we should embrace it and seek to understand what it is to fear the land you live in so much that you put your children on the sea.
Today is Holocaust Memorial day the theme of which is ‘Don’t stand by’.
The Holocaust and subsequent genocides took place because the local populations allowed insidious persecution to take root – let us not repeat history.
A country is not just what it does – it is also what it tolerates.
Words by Kurt Tuckolsky on the Wall of Yad Vashem, West Jerusalem.
Let us remember the six million Jews murdered in the Holocaust and the millions of people killed by Nazi Persecution and in subsequent genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur.